Wisdom of Solomon B#15

March 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 15:24 (AMP)

The path of the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid [the gloom] in the depths of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).

 

The three phrases that stand out in this verse are the wise, an upward life and the place of the dead.

 

Who are the wise according to Scripture?

 

In summary: the wise according to the Bible are those who fear the Lord and are partakers of His Spirit, giving themselves to instructions and words of Christ.

 

The upward life

  • Jesus lived the higher life – the upward life.
  • The word upward comes from the Hebrew word which means, high, above, indicating a higher level or room.
  • Jesus said, “You are from beneath; I am from aboveJohn 8:23
  • Paul instructs us, “Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.”  Col 3:1
  • In fact, when we are God’s children, our citizenship has changed from the earthly (lower) realm to the higher realm of the heavens. Phil 3:20

 

Therefore, if we continue in the Way, living according to the Truth we have learnt. Our lives will gradually ascend to the higher realms of the Spirit, leading us to the Throne room of the Most high God. John 14:6; Ps 91:1; Acts 7:48

 

  • Yes, all God’s children have access to the Throne of God through the blood of Jesus. Heb 4:16; 1 John 3:21;
  • But not all live from that place! John 3:13; Rev 3:21, 4:2
  • They still occupy their minds and fill their lives with cares, riches and pleasures of this life. Luke 8:14

 

The place of the dead

  • Paul says that all God’s children were at some time (spiritually) dead in their sins and trespasses. Eph 2:1
  • We lived the worldly way and followed after the thoughts and deeds of the sinful nature. Eph 2:3
  • But because of God’s love and grace, we have been saved. Eph 2:4-5
  • We have been raised to the Throne room but that does not mean we understand the Throne room lifestyle. Eph 2:6
  • We need to be educated and trained and instructed in this new Way, and the Truth, of this higher Life. Luke 1:4; Acts 18:25; 2 Tim 3:16; Heb 5:14;
  • This is the reason the Spirit of God has been poured in and upon us. John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:13-14

 

In closing. Let us not occupy ourselves with things and practices of the (spiritually) dead – that were so part of our old lives but rather “press toward the high (upward) calling of God in Christ Jesus”. Phil 3:14

 

Let us walk worthy of the Way.

 

Seeking for more of the Truth.

 

Until we live the higher Life.

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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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